We remember Lane Goodwin Thursday night. In the last months of his life, the Thumbs Up For Lane campaign raised awareness about childhood cancer, not just here but across the country.
Surrounded by family members, Lane died last night at age 13.
Lane has touched a lot of lives. That's evidenced by all of the people on his Facebook page.
There are thousands of comments, and it's all helping spreading the word about childhood cancer.
"Thumbs Up For Lane." Four little words behind one gigantic movement.
"When you say 'Lane,' everybody knows who Lane is. He's the thumbs up kid," said Goodwin family friend Tim Wahl.
Over the past few weeks, those thumbs up came from friends and strangers. Sports stars and celebrities. People here in the Tri-State and well beyond.
"Thumbs up meant a symbol to him, to everyone, to keep on fighting and that's what Lane did," said Wahl.
Lane's fight lasted for more than two years before coming to an end Wednesday night.
The Facebook post from his family sharing the news now has more than 140,000 'likes.'
"It's amazing how one life can touch so many other lives," Wahl said.
Perhaps none though, have been touched like those in Lane's small town of Beech Grove, a community of about 500-600 people.
"I had tears when I went to bed, had tears when I got up this morning and every time I talk about it, I have tears," said Goodwin family friend Donna Dant.
"He will always be well-known in this community for the battle he put on," Wahl noted.
Family friends like Dant and Wahl say Lane's courage and strength are what made him so special.
What helped him raise so much awareness about childhood cancer.
"He was a perfect child for something like this to happen because you know, because he just, he stood out, he stood out," Dant said.
And while Lane may be gone, his memory and his mission aren't going anywhere.
His family has created the Lane Goodwin Childhood Cancer Foundation in his honor.
"I just hope that it carries on and it can be a big thing and a good thing you know for other children," Dant said.
"The more funding that the research can get, the better opportunity they've got to find a cure for all cancer," said Wahl.
And doesn't that deserve a thumbs up?
There will be a Fall Festival fundraiser in Henderson at the Fairgrounds from noon to 6:00 p.m. with music, games and silent and live auction.
The Curesearch walk at Garvin Park Friday morning will have a team walking for Lane.
As we learn more about funeral arrangements and Lane's foundation, we'll be sure to pass along.
A sad story, but one that seems to have a lot of hope too.
According to the Prayer for Lane Facebook page, a visitation will be held Sunday from 2:00 -8:00 p.m. and prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m.
There will be another visitation Monday at 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with the Funeral at 3:30 p.m.
All services will be held at Calhoun Baptist Church.
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